The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team did not allow a baserunner for the first six innings but Cuba rallied to score three runs in the eighth after a three-hour and two-minute rain delay to sneak away with a 3-1 win in the series opener Saturday at Jose Ramon Cepero Stadium.
USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team traveled to Cuba on Friday for its last series of the summer. Team USA went 4-5 in its first two series, splitting four games in Taiwan and dropping its series at Japan, 3-2.
Manager George Horton (Oregon) said after not winning either of the first two series, Team USA wants to finish the summer strong and is anxious to get back on the field on Saturday in Cuba.
“It’s not going to be easy, but our group is tough-minded and resilient,” Horton said.
With about two weeks until the first pitch for the 56 Cuban Baseball National Series, the names of the players that will be part of the 2016-17 Cuban season have been announced.
All sixteen teams competing in the 56 NS have already revealed their rosters for the event, which starts August 7.
Here are the rosters announced this week.
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The Houston Astros have signed Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel to a five-year, $47.5 million contract, according to MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez.
Houston won the bidding war for a player who drew interest from more than a dozen big league teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees, New York Mets, and San Diego Padres. Gourriel was primarily a third baseman in Cuba, so this news seems to put a sudden block on the ascension of Astros third base prospect Alex Bregman.
Yulieski Gourriel, the star Cuban infielder from Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, has taken his second step towards achieving the dream of playing in the Majors, obtaining his free agency Monday that makes him eligible to sign with any MLB team. We could be seeing his debut as early as July or August this year.
Gourriel (who turned 32 on June 9) will be presented to scouts of the 30 MLB teams to show his talent in the famous “showcase” which presupposes he is ready to play at this highest level of baseball.
The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today welcomed the announcement by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board to support the inclusion of baseball and softball among a new sports package for the 2020 Olympic Games Tokyo.
A final vote on the composition of the sports programme for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will be taken at the IOC Session in Rio de Janeiro in August, and, if approved, it would constitute “the most comprehensive evolution of the Olympic programme in modern history,” the IOC stated.